Namibia: Explore the Skeleton Coast
It is located at the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River. It has been called the Skeleton Coast because of the ghostly shipwrecks that are beached along the shoreline of this remote area.
There are stories of sailors who walked around this remote place searching for vegetation for survival. Bones of whales and seals are found, but there are also claims of finding human skeletons. The Bushmen referred to the place as The Land God Made in Anger, while the Portuguese refer to it as the Gates of Hell.
It is an adventure to travel to this remote part, and the only way to get there is by road through the rugged mountains of Damaraland. If you are in for some fit travel activities, then this is one of the places that you can visit if you are the type of a person who prefers an unusual kind of a thrill.
This is the place that offers an exceptional fishing experience. There are a number of fishing camps up to the Ugab River, which marks the southern boundary of the Skeleton Coast Park. Here you can fish for kob, steenbras, blackfish, and blacktail. You can also see endemic dolphins and whales. It was also recorded that a lion pride was spotted feasting on a beached whale on Torra Bay. There are two areas to stay on the boundary of the park – the campsite at Torra Bay and the Terrance Bay which offers more comfort if you travel in the area.
This is an activity fit for active persons and if you travel here you can join the Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail in a three-day desert hike on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. This is a leisurely walk along the desert while your guide will explain to you the intricacies of the desert flora and fauna, which can only be seen by foot.
Damara Elephant Trail to Skeleton Coast
Travel by horse and see for yourself the desert adapted elephants and rhino, dramatic landscape, and experience the real wilderness area. Horseback riding will start at the northern Damaraland which is a wild and desolate area with a very small number of inhabitants. You will pass through challenging plains and canyons across a massive desert. You will be riding up to 50+ kilometers in a single day in a waterless area. The entire trail will cover an approximate of 320 kilometers for 11 days. Needless to say, it’s a huge challenge that’s not for everyone.
The Skeleton Coast offers four safari itineraries. The first one will take you to the Windhoek, Hoarusib Valley, and Kunene River. The second one incorporates a visit to the Sossusvlei, while the third is a combination of Sossusvlei and Etosha National Park. The last one includes the NamiBrand Nature Reserve and Luderitz.
Travel to Namibia and be one of the few who dare to explore a place called the Skeleton Coast.